Partnering with secular agencies, Healing a Woman's Soul helps women and children who are domestic violence victims heal physically, emotionally, and spiritually in the Christian tradition.  We provide spiritual support in secular domestic violence shelters, halfway houses for substance abuse as well as in churches, to any and all women regardless of belief, non belief or other circumstances.

We are a non profit organization (501 (c) (3)) and a State Employees Federated Agency (SEFA) eligible organization.

Wonderful gifts that St. George's Episcopal Church in Clifton Park collected for HAWS

Fill The Basket

Imagine having no laundry to do... because you have nothing but the clothes on your back.

One of the most necessary items for women arriving in emergency shelters is one of the most basic – underwear.

As you shop for the holidays, a package of new panties or bras in any size can make a traumatic time less difficult in a most compassionate way. Help us fill the basket?

Contact Patti Gibbons at 518-376-6564 for drop-off or shipping information, or save time and shop directly from our Amazon wish list and they will ship it right to us: http://amzn.to/2hHSj0Q.

And remember this Holiday season Shop at Amazon Smile.  Amazon makes a donation to Healing a Woman's Soul for each sale.  Thank you.

Casey Bernstein receives the Paula Award

Casey Bernstein is the 2017 Paula Award winner for Healing a Women’s Soul.  Paula’s award honors those who volunteer helping victims of domestic violence.

Casey has for over 10 years volunteered at the Next Step in Albany.  There she worked extensively with women victims of domestic violence who also struggled with addictions.  She teaches the power of dance to bring healing of the body. She creates choreography and trains locally, nationally and internationally.  She is an accomplished NIA and yoga movement teacher. 

We thank Casey for her commitment to helping domestic violence victims.  Her work encourages all of us who want to see an end to this epidemic. 
Photos from the "Anything Chocolate" Annual Dinner
To view click Here.

Theresa Erickson had a blast recording interview for upcoming Healing A Woman's Soul event. Mother Anne Fahy Curtin and Gretchen Coyner did a great job emphasizing the importance of education and support in the prevention of domestic violence. Special thanks to our gracious radio host and interviewer extraordinaire Joseph D. Condon! We really enjoyed our VIP tour of the B95.5 studios! Can't wait for the "Anything Chocolate" event on October 21st!!! Check out our Facebook page Healing a Woman's Soul or click on the events tab for details!

Angel News

Angels is a HAWS program supporting women domestic violence victims primarily in residential shelters or halfway houses. Sometimes the locations of these facilities are confidential as are the identities of the women residents.  HAWS supports those who want to help and the facilities who need aid. We bridge that gap with angels who know facilities' needs and deliver donated goods.

Angel Judy Heffern works at the Christ the King Spiritual Life Center [SLC] in Greenwich and she is a member of the King's Quilters.  At each quarterly meeting they make quilts for the SLC, and bring a gift for people in need. This spring they chose HAWS and asked how they could help women who are victims of domestic violence.  Since many victims of domestic violence leave their homes in emergency situations, many arrive at the shelter needing clothes especially undergarments.Through the generosity of the King's Quilters, HAWS  delivered over 50 new sets of underwear for women victims.  

Angel Sharon Vergura worships at St. Matthew's Church in Loundonville and serves as the parish HAWS volunteer.  The  picture of Sharon Vergure was taken after we had emptied her garage into Mother Anne's car for delivery to a domestic violence shelter. This is not unusual for this Angel to find kitchen equipment, clothes, sheets and towels for the shelter, all of which are always needed.

If you are interested in helping as an Angel or just making a donation, please email Mother Anne Curtin at 518 755 3325.  We love volunteers!!

Contact Info:

Reverend Doctor 
Anne F. Curtin
Executive Director
Healing A Woman's Soul
68 South Swan Street
Albany, NY 12210

phone - 518-755-3325

                     email - hawsalbany@gmail.com

 Healing a Woman's Soul does not share email information.


Recent Articles or Sites about Domestic Violence

How Working With Men And Boys Could Stop Domestic Violence (3/10/2018)

Shining a Light
on Traumatic Brain Injury and Domestic Violence.  (3/9/2018)

The  Federal Government's 
Silence About Gun Crimes. (12/30/2017)

The Day Domestic Violence Came to a Texas Church. (11/20/2017)

America’s Mass Shooting Problem Is A Domestic Violence Problem. (11/14/2017)

Notice, Stop
Domestic Violence. (11/2/2017)

North Country Community College, Malone NY, to host art exhibit as part of domestic violence awareness event (10/24/2017)

Saying No to Domestic Violence In
Glens Falls. (10/13/2017)

Greenwich, CT domestic violence: What the cops see.(10/12/2017)

October 2017 Domestic Violence services in Northern NY. (10/2/2017)

Domestic Abuse Survivor Gives Young Victims The Support She Wishes She Had (9/18/2017)

Vera House in Syracuse renews campaign to end domestic violence. (3/4/2017)

Humera Khan
will receive the Four Chaplains Award from the Jewish War Veterans for her work with battered women and also with refugees and interfaith activities. (2/25/2017)

Niruthuda! When it’s time to stop
domestic violence. A majority of women from working classes in India still accept and live with domestic violence as a part and parcel of marriage. (11/25/2016)

New York State will allow Skype and E-filings to secure temporary restraining orders for domestic violence. (11/7/2016)

Bev Saunders of Glens Falls has given victims of violence a voice through art. (10/30/2016)

Troy workshop
helps in fight against domestic violence. (10/29/2016)

NFL still doesn't understand domestic violence - Jennifer Gish. (10/27/2016)

Slowly, Sports Bring Needed Change to Society, article by Jennifer Gish, Albany, NY Times Union. (8/4/2016)

When DV victims face eviction for calling the cops. (7/14/2016)

Unwanted Secret Admirers: the four types of stalkers. (7/12/2016)

Supreme Court Rules Domestic Abusers Can Lose Their Gun-Ownership Rights. (6/28/2016)

You Can Get PTSD From Staying In An Emotionally 
Abusive Relationship. (5/21/2016) 

See TV interview about domestic abuse with 
Cecelia Thomas, whose poem appears on this page. (4/18/2016)

Program seeks to address root causes of domestic violence in Essex County.

3 Women Are Killed Every Day By Their Partners. 
59 Ideas On How To Stop The Violence. (Huffington Post)

Anti-Stalking Information from Capital District Anti Stalking Task Force
          Stalking - Resource Center 
          Video - Connecting the Dots
          Video - Links in the Chain

Article in Albany Episcopalian about HAWS. The article is on page 21. View it here.

Article in the Bethlehem Spotlight regarding domestic violence and HAWS.


Start a Conversation

1 in 4 American women are victims of domestic violence over their lifetime. Help us publicize this crime: 

Wear a "Who is your 1 in 4?" button or car magnet. 
Buttons are free and magnets are $5. They can be ordered from HAWS by email at hawsalbany@gmail.com or snail mail to HAWS, 68 S. Swan St. , Albany, NY 12210.  

Ask on social media - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. if your friends know what "Who is your 1 in 4 ?" means. Tell them about this crime. 

Make a donation in honor of someone in your life who experiences violence or is a survivor 

Learn more about HAWS at www.hawsalbany.com 

Volunteer for HAWS events. We can use every talent and everyone. Challenge us to use your talent. 

by Cecilia Thomas

Lost in your world,
Your thoughts are becoming my thoughts,
Where you went I went in my mind.
I did what you wanted me to do,
In your way.
Who am I?
Am I you?
Your angry voice in my head,
Seeing or hearing you,
I would dread.
Who am I?
Am I you?
Where am I?
I'm lost in you,
Your world of insanity.
What happened to MY dreams?
Were they just a lie?
Did they die?
Is my future you?
I'm losing me!
What do I do?

Are you in immediate danger? 
call 911 or 24 Hour crisis and support line
(800) 799-SAFE (7233) 
TTY (800) 787-3224

Calendar of Upcoming Events


New Awareness Magnet

HAWS has two visual signs to raise a
wareness of domestic violence -  our free "1 in 4 Button" and now our car magnet,  Please help support our ministry by purchasing a car magnet and prominently displaying it on your vehicle.  The magnet is only $5.00. 

It may make the difference for someone seeking out refuge and saving her from a potentially life threatening situation.

Free "1 in 4 Button"

Call 518 755 3325 or email hawsalbany@gmail.com for $5.00 magnet or the free buttons.  A donation for postage is appreciated.

More News

Healing a Woman's Soul,Inc. (HAWS), which helps women and children who are victims of domestic violence, congratulates Gretchen Coyner, on being elected chairperson of HAWS.  She has been a Board member since almost the beginning of HAWS eight years ago. She has been an active Board Member involved in our fundraisers, retreats and outreach events such as the annual SEFA and Martin Luther King Fairs. She is a retired guidance counselor at Greenville and is a Board member of the Greenville Educational Foundation. She lives in Slingerlands NY. with her husband Bob. They have two adult children and three wonderful grandchildren.


HAWS also welcomes to the HAWS Board, Penny Belton from Bolton Landing and Norman Schultheiss from Ballston Spa.  Penny is a Program Assistant at North Country Ministries in Warrensburg.  Norm is retired and very active in veterans affairs, especially the Patriot Guard Riders of New York and the Leatherstocking Honor Flight.  

For more information about HAWS, see hawsalbany.org,hawsalbany@gmail.com

HAWS is travelling again.  We enjoyed our welcome and the engaging questions at Mother Anne's presentation on domestic violence.  Our thanks to everybody at St. James, Au Sable Forks, especially Deacon Patti Johnson.

She is not only a Holy Hiker sharing the beauty of the Adirondacks with people of all ages and abilities, and she's also a HAWS Angel. She keeps the parish up to date on domestic violence issues and the HAWS news. Learn more about how clergy or lay can be an Angel. 

Board members Denise, Gretchen and Paula at the Dr. Martin Luther King volunteer fair in January.

October, 22, 2015 - Unity House, Troy, NY honors domestic violence advocates including HAWS and Mother Anne.

Mother Anne receiving the coordinated community award at Unity House, Troy, NY

February 28, 2015 - HAWS was at the Episcopal Diocese of Albany Parish Leadership conference providing information and buttons.

January, 2015 - 2014 Annual Report now available. Click on tab above.

January, 2015 - Mother Sally Heligman, pastor, Grace Episcopal Church, Mohawk, NY is beginning outreach in Schenectady NY YWCA..

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